Peak View Bushfire Memorial Poem

On Saturday 23 December 2021 a memorial was held at Peak View for the American air crew of ‘Bomber-134’.

The day marked the one-year anniversary of when Captain Ian McBeth, first officer Paul Hudson and flight engineer Rick DeMorgan Jr lost their lives when their water bomber crashed while fighting a bushfire at Peak View, north-east of Cooma.

The Peak View Bushfire Memorial Poem was written and delivered on the day by Peak View RFS member Ernie Constance.

Peak View Bushfire Memorial Poem

This rocks stands as a monument

To three brave heroes of our day

Their commitment as solid as this rock

Where their names will forever stay

They flew in from the USA

In Peak View’s hour of need

The fire was coming from the west

Fanned by winds of gale force speed

They dived and bombed to quell the flames

Never counting on the price

To save residents and property

They made the supreme sacrifice

We will never get to thank them

For the sacrifice they made

And, we owe a debt of gratitude

That can never be repaid

May their souls fly high forever

O’er our countryside serene

May their spirits rise to see again

Our blackened bush, now green

They can never walk amongst us

But their memories will remain

In our hearts and souls forever

Until we meet again

© Ernie Constance October 2020

We remain forever grateful for their service and our thoughts are with their families and colleagues.

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